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The Chicago Five - Five Rare Tom Petty Originals from 2003

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Hi,

This is my first post at the forum. I've been going through a big Tom Petty phase in my music listening lately. As part of that, I've wanted to gather all the good rare stuff that I didn't already have. I found out there were two Petty originals I'd never heard of that were only played live once each, at the Vic in Chicago in 2003: "My New Guitar" and "Next Time You See Memphis." I looked all over the Internet and couldn't find copies of these songs anywhere. So I came to this forum and found only a few mentions to them over the years. I contacted some of the most frequent posters here with PMs, and most of them hadn't heard of these either.

Frequent poster Marion initially wasn't aware of these songs, but she has all the shows from the Vic that year, so she figured she had to have them. Sure enough, she dug them up and sent them to me. Thank you again! I'm posting a link to them here, so hopefully other Petty fans can hear them.

While I was making a zip of these files, I decided to add a few more to it. There actually were five unreleased original songs that were first done during that series of shows at the Vic. So I've added the others: "Melinda," "Black Leather Woman," and "Two Men Talking."  "Melinda" has since been released as part of the "Live Anthology," but I'm including a performance from a different date. A 2012 version of "Two Men Talking" has recently come out on the "An American Treasure" box set, but this one is somewhat different, including being two minutes longer.

On top of all that, I'm also adding "Commit a Crime," a Howlin' Wolf song played only once by Petty in concert, during the Vic shows. Marion also dug that one up for me.

It's fitting that that's a blues cover, because Petty clearly was in a heavy bluesy musical mood at the time. All five of the originals are bluesy in some way, and he played a bunch of other blues songs during that run of shows. I'd be curious if anyone has any feedback on these songs and why they remained unreleased. Together, the five originals total 25 minutes, so that's like half of an album.

https://www50.zippyshare.com/v/7XstQxio/file.html

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1 hour ago, atse said:

There actually were five unreleased original songs that were first done during that series of shows at the Vic. I'd be curious if anyone has any feedback on these songs and why they remained unreleased. Together, the five originals total 25 minutes, so that's like half of an album.

https://www50.zippyshare.com/v/7XstQxio/file.html

Hi, atse.  

I'm sure you're aware that all 3 of those songs that you mentioned ("Melinda," "Black Leather Woman," and "Two Men Talking") were released on the "Soundstage" DVD.  That show happened within a few days of the Vic concerts back in 2003.  And I think Tom considered a new DVD to be an actual release.  I'm sure I heard him say such a thing on-stage.  Or maybe it's the Mad Cow.  Anyway, welcome aboard.

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TomFest,

Yeah, sure, but I see DVDs as a whole different thing than recorded songs (on albums or singles or compilations, etc). For one thing, DVD sales are a lot lower than albums, generally speaking, and they tend to go out of print and get forgotten. Plus, they're meant to be seen, not heard. Very, very few people are going to convert their DVDs to some other format so they can listen to the songs in their car or the like. Plus, similarly very few people will separate the songs out to be able to focus on the few new songs, as I did here in this zip file.

I don't think it can be denied that if Petty would have put these sounds out on an actual album at the time, they would have had a much higher profile.

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On February 19, 2019 at 10:52 PM, atse said:

Frequent poster Marion initially wasn't aware of these songs, but she has all the shows from the Vic that year, so she figured she had to have them. Sure enough, she dug them up and sent them to me. Thank you again! I'm posting a link to them here, so hopefully other Petty fans can hear them.

 

Glad Marion was able to help you; she's a very generous TPATH fan and has shared many a live show here. 

Thanks for making "the Chicago Five" to share.

cheers

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Heads up. I tried downloading via zippy. 

It wanted me to enter a competition & provide my street address.

Worse, it somehow linked to soft porn which is now sending 100% unwelcome messages & alerts to my phone.

I'm sure atse does not mean to have this happen and will find another option for sharing. 

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Hi!

Happier news than earlier. Looks like my phone's google account picked up some dodgy cookies, most likely from the competition linked to zippy. This was even though I didn't enter the competition, or share any info & my security levels are really high. Anyway, I have now cleared all those cookies off my phone. Things immediately calmed back down. I am no longer being sent sexually charged ads, bizarre messages, nor being offered insurance deals.  

I just hope atse is not wildly embarrassed by this, uh, unexpected side effect and continues to feel welcome here as an active member.  No harm done as far as I'm concerned. Water under the bridge. :D

Hope you all have a lovely weekend. 

 

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Big Blue Sky,

You may have had a special situation. But zippyshare sometimes has some weird pop up ads in general. Just ignore that and find the right download button. I use an ad blocker program, so I never have that sort of problem.

And by the way, Earl Thomas, I don't have any higher quality versions. Since I got most of the mp3s for this from Marion, you might want to ask her.

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2 hours ago, TomFest said:

I have the silver CDs from the Vic shows.  Those would be higher resolution than the MP3 files, I assume.  I'l have to check when I get home tonight.

TomFest,

Speaking of checking, I've been working on making a compilation of all of Petty's cover versions done in concert. There are a lot of em! Well over 100. I think I've found them all except for a handful. I plan on posting some zips of them here once I'm done, if anyone is interested. But I'm still looking for that handful. Namely:

Put a Little Love in Your Heart 

Let's Stick Together 

He Was a Friend of Mine

On the Radio

I'm Not Talking

Mean Woman Blues

Do You Wanna Dance

If you or anyone else here has any of these, please let me know. I've been told by someone else in this forum that maybe about three of these have been bootlegged, but circle only in very rarified trading circles, while the rest probably never got bootlegged at all.

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Yeah, chances are I don't have any of those.  I don't collect audience tapes, and I'm sure if any of those recordings exist, they're audience tapes.  After buying and listening to hundreds of audience tape bootlegs starting in the 70's, I just grew intolerant of the poor quality.  I know there are exceptions, and I still have some - but I pretty much steer away from all audience tapes.

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I hear you about sound quality. Although occasionally an audience recording can actually sound as good as or better than a soundboard. (Partly because some soundboards have issues.)

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On March 5, 2019 at 5:20 PM, TomFest said:

I just grew intolerant of the poor quality.  I know there are exceptions, and I still have some - but I pretty much steer away from all audience tapes.

 

On March 5, 2019 at 6:42 PM, atse said:

Although occasionally an audience recording can actually sound as good as or better than a soundboard. (Partly because some soundboards have issues.)

 I burned out on most audience recordings; some are astonishingly good but a lot of them were just too awful; I could appreciate the effort put in but with the internet I much prefer soundboards which are readily available. It's a live music lover's bonanza! Of course, the people who share these recordings are much appreciated. A lot of bands left a lot of money (in my opinion) on the table by not releasing live albums more frequently, especially bands that improvise or extend songs in concert etc.

cheers

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